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Hello. My name is Ryan . I am a current high school student. I am conducting an interview with any professional in chiropactor field for a Foundations in Health Science class project about careers. I have some questions about my career.

What profession did you choose?


How many years of college did you

need to go through?

What jobs did you work before you

landed your present professional


How can I decide if I should earn a

Ph.D. in this field?

Were you in a college program?

Did you have to pivot and go back to

school at a later date?Q

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1. I chose to become a chiropractor after having had care from 2 different doctors at 2 different points in my life. The first was after a sports injury in high school and the second was after a car accident. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and I loved helping people, becoming a chiropractor allowed me to do both.

2. 4 years of undergraduate school and 3 years of postgraduate school.

3. I have worked in the restaurant industry as a buser, waiter, and manager. I have worked as a laborer in construction. I have worked as a security guard, grocery store employee, and as a warehouse employee. I also was in the military.

4. You can’t earn a PhD in chiropractic. The only degree is a D.C. (doctor of chiropractic) which allows you the ability to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions of the body. You are able to order advanced imaging such as MRI, CT, x-rays, and ultrasound, as well as order blood labs. Diploma-wise this puts you at the same level as a M.D. or a D.O., not a PhD which is a doctorate.

5. Yes, I did my undergraduate degree in kinesiology.

6. I originally went to school to be an athletic trainer. After working for a year with the university’s football team my junior into senior year, I decided it was not what I wanted to do. So after graduating I took 2 years off before deciding to be a chiropractor and go to graduate school.